Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope. Today was a pretty darn good day. Low pain levels, decent energy levels and we had a BBQ today… It’s Tuesday and yes I know I haven’t blogged in a but but I needed some downtime… I have 3 looks to share today and a small makeup haul… so buckle up and settle in we are about to have some makeup fun….
First I would like to share that I colored my hair!!! Yup… I went blue…
I first bleached my hair using the the Artic Fox Bleach, Please Complete Lightening Kit ($19.99 for 3 oz of bleach and 6 oz of developer at Sally’s Beauty) I then dyed my hair using Artic Fox Semi Permanent Hair Color ($18.69 for an 8 oz bottle at Sally’s Beauty) in the shade Aquamarine. I always get hot roots so the color is very ombre but I don’t mind so much I think it’s super cute.
I think I will try the shade Poseidon next….
Now on to the makeup…..
The next 2 looks are using the ColourPop It’s a Mood 30 Pan Palette ($34 for 1.16 oz / 33 g of total product making it 0.039 oz, 1.1 g and $1.13 per shade)… the last of the looks for March 2022.
This first one is a smokey purple look that I really enjoyed… the second look I’ll be posting, the last look using the Mood palette was a soft subtle and natural look that hubby really loved.
Let’s do this…
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Eyes and Brows:
I started the way I always have, I applied Got 2b Glued Spiking Glue ($7.15 for 6 oz / 170 g of product at Ulta) to set my brows in place and then I filled them in using the LA Girl Brow Pomade ($5.99 for 027 oz at Ulta) in the shade Dark Brown.
Using a c shaped brush from ColourPop I used the foundation that I am using today to clean up the top part of my brow and using the same brush I used the Beauty Creations Dare to Be Bright Color Base Primer ($4 for 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml of product on their website) in the shade White Out (pure white) to carve out the bottom of my brows and prime my lids.
For this smokey purple look I used 3 palettes… the core palette for March 2022 (ColourPop It’s a Mood 30 Pan Palette ($34 for 1.16 oz / 33 g of total product making it 0.039 oz, 1.1 g and $1.13 per shade on their website) and I also used the ColourPop Cream Soda Mini Palette and the ColourPop Sparkler Mini Palette (both are $10 for 0.21 oz / 5.9 g of total product on their website making it 0.05 oz / 1.475 g and $2.50 per shade).
I started with my transition shade on a large fluffy crease brush and the shade Soda Shop (warm beige – matte) from the Cream Soda palette.
I used a small tapered crease brush and the shade Echoes (plum – matte) from the It’s a Mood palette to create a crease that is winged out at the brow tail. I then used a fluffy crease brush with nothing on it to really blow that crease shade out and up over the transition shade.
I wanted a bit more smokiness to the outer part of the eye look so I took a large rounded packing brush and the shade Cool Cola (rich blackened brown – matte) from the Sparkler palette and created a elongated triangle over the outer v of the crease and using the fluffy crease brush that I used to blow out the purple shade I buffed the outer v out to blend the two shades together.
Taking a small detailer brush and the NYX Long Lasting Glitter Primer ($6.50 for 0.33 fl oz / 10 ml of product at Ulta) I applied it to the inner 2/3 of mobile lid and then using a flat shadder brush and the ColourPop Jelly Much Shadow ($9 for 0.23 oz / 6.5 g of product on their website) and the shade close to you (baby pink with pink and violet glitter) I tapped it over the inner 2/3 of the mobile lid and then using the same brush I went into the shade Thunder (plum with a teal duo chrome flip – metallic) and tapped it over the middle 1/3 of the mobile lid.
Using a fluffy c brush and a combo of the shades Night Call (lavender – matte) and Echoes (plum – matte) I tapped it over the outer 1/3 of the mobile lids to help blend out the line of demarcation between the outer 1/3 and inner 2/3 of the mobile lids.
For the lower lash line I used a small fluffy crease brush and more of the shade Echoes (plum – matte) to smoke out the bottom line and then a domed crease brush and the shade float (warm champagne – metallic) from the Cream Soda palette I highlighted the center 1/3 of the lower lash line. I took a pencil brush and the shade Bonafide (neutral ivory – matte) to highlight the inner corners… I just wanted that area bright without shimmer. I lined the lower water line using the NYX Epic Wear Liner Stick Long Lasting Eyeliner Pencil ($9 for 0.043 oz / 1.22 g of product at Ulta) in the shade graphic purple (bright true purple) and tight lined using the NYX Slide On Pencil in Purple Blaze (product discontinued).
I primed my face using the J Cat Beauty Instant Skin Brightening Tone-Up Ultra Brightening Primer ($14.99 for 2.7 fl oz / 79.85 ml of product at Ulta). I under painted by using the Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Contour Wand ($48 for 0.39 fl oz / 11.53 ml of product on the Beautylish website) in the shade deep (deep tan). I placed it over the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, under the cheek bones, bellow the chin and over the cupid’s bow. I blended it out slightly using a buffing brush and then added the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4 in 1 Whipped Matte Makeup ($14.99 for 0.68 oz / 19.28 g of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $12.74) in the shade Light over the center of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, along the jaw line, along the neck and just a slight bit over the tops of the cheek bones. I blended that in with a sponge and then moved on to bronzing…
For cream bronzer I used the Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick ($32 for 0.32 oz / 9.07 g of product at Dermstore) in the shade deep to bronze the bridge of the nose, sides of the forehead, a tiny bit of the chin and the middle of the cheek bones, using the beauty sponge I applied my foundation with I blended that in. I then applied the NYX Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blush ($9.50 for 0.40 fl oz / 12 ml of product at Ulta) in the shade baby doll (true pink). I color color corrected using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ($9.99 for 0.2 fl oz / 5.91ml of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $8.49) in the shade #160 Brightener for my under eyes and then concealed using the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7.49 for 0.23 fl oz / 6.8 ml of product at Ulta, I got it on sale for $6.37) in the shade #10 Fair.
Setting, Touch Ups, Lips and Lashes:
I set my under eyes using the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder ($34 for 0.98 oz / 27.78 g of product at Ulta, also sold at Sephora) in the shade Lavender (light with cool undertones for brightening) and the rest of my face using the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder ($35 for 0.35 oz / 9.92 g of product at Ulta, no longer available at Ulta but can be found on the Dermstore or Cover FX website) in the shade light. I touched up my bronzer, blush and highlight using the Catrice Sun Lover Bronzer ($9 on their website) in the shade sun kissed, Makeup Revolution Highlighter Reloaded ($7 for 0.35 oz of product at Ulta) in the shade Just My Type (pale gold) and Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish and Pop Blusher ($40 for 0.28 oz / 8 g on the Beautylish website, also available at Sephora) in the shade Ecstasy (warm coral outer and golden peach inner). I created hair like strokes to the front of my brows using the NYX Lift & Snatch Brow Tint Pen Waterproof Eyebrow Pen ($12 at Ulta) in the shade Espresso. I coated my lashes with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara ($27 for full size $13 for mini at Ulta) in the shade Jet Black and popped on a pair of ColourPop Faux Mink False Lashes ($8 a pair on their website) in the style Minx (length, volume, and cat-eye shape that is flared at the ends and has a crisscross shape). I set my face using Wet n Wild Photo Focus Setting Spray ($6.52 for 1.52 fl oz / 45 ml of product at Ulta).I lined my lips using the ColourPop Lippie Pencil ($6 on their website, $4.50 on sale right now) in the shade Brinks (rose terracotta) and filled them in with Smashbox Always On Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick ($26 for 0.13 oz of product at Ulta) in the shade Audition (neutral rose – matte) and then topped the whole lip off using Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer ($20 for 0.30 oz at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Sweet Mouth (shimmering soft pink).
I really love how sultry this look turned out and paired with this lip combo I really can see myself doing this look again sometime in the future.
So let’s talk makeup reviews….
Beauty Creations Dare to Be Bright Color Base Primer ($4 for 0.5 fl oz / 15 ml of product on their website) in the shade White Out (pure white) is billed as a multi-use gel product that enhances your eyeshadow, face makeup (cheeks, lips, etc.) and comes in 12 shades.
I give this primer a solid A++ : It’s a pretty solid primer and had just the right texture… not overly creamy but also not overly dry. I did notice that it made my purple shadow a little patchy… but I was able to work through it.
ColourPop Jelly Much Shadow ($9 for 0.23 oz / 6.5 g of product on their website) and the shade close to you (baby pink with pink and violet glitter) is billed as intense pigmentation in a single swipe. Zero creasing, zero fallout. It comes in 12 shades.
I give this shadow a solid O++++ I so love the formula of this cream shadow. The shade is perfect and truly doesn’t crease or flake. It gives this ethereal wash of color tot he lids but as a topper it is even more stunning. It lasts all day too and you only need the smallest amount to get great color payoff.
J Cat Beauty Instant Skin Brightening Tone-Up Ultra Brightening Primer ($14.99 for 2.7 fl oz / 79.85 ml of product at Ulta) is billed as being able to immediately brighten & tone dull skin with its refresh formulation. With natural toning, the skin is left soft, fresh & hydrated without being sticky and can be used on face, elbow, knee and other body areas texture is non-sticky yet hydrating to the skin.
I give this primer a tentative A- It does in fact brighten but in a I just smeared white pigment on the skin and not in the oh your absolutely glowing type of way. I think it’s a nice primer but it doesn’t do well with matte foundations… I’ll have to test it out again with a more satin foundation and a bb or cc cream to see if it works well with those.
Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Contour Wand ($48 for 0.39 fl oz / 11.53 ml of product on the Beautylish website) in the shade deep (deep tan) is billed as an innovative contouring wand with modern click-pen technology to deposit the perfect amount of liquid contour every time.
I give this contour wand a solid A+++!!!! I love this contour stick I only just wish it came in a taupe or grey based brown shade… this one is ok and I can get a nice contour with it but it’s too red based to really work perfectly.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4 in 1 Whipped Matte Makeup ($14.99 for 0.68 oz / 19.28 g of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $12.74) in the shade Light is billed as giving skin the benefit of four products in one. Get the look of primer, concealer, mattifying powder and BB cream – all in one easy step.
I give this foundation a solid F- and a HELL NO! : This foundation just sucks! Plain and simple… it pills up, slides around the face, doesn’t work well with the other cream products that you put over top of the foundation, it is streaky and just sits on top of the face… it even pilled on the sponge… I immediately decluttered this one as soon as I put it on.
Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick ($32 for 0.32 oz / 9.07 g of product at Dermstore) in the shade deep is billed as a foundation stick that creates a natural and even complexion.
I give this foundation stick a solid O++ The formula of this stick is so creamy and has a satin finish… most of the foundation sticks I have tried are mostly matte or demi matte. This one has this beautiful skin like glow… I wish I had found it sooner so I could have purchased it in my actual skin tone.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Setting Powder ($34 for 0.98 oz / 27.78 g of product at Ulta, also sold at Sephora) in the shade Lavender (light with cool undertones for brightening) is billed as a superfine, weightless loose setting powder curated in 8 sheer shades to perfect and extend makeup wear for that filtered, photo-ready finish on lock.
I give this shade of this setting powder a solid O+++!!! and a chef’s kiss. I love the formula of this setting powder, I have it in Butta as my face setting powder… I wanted to try the lavender shade since I’ve seen it allover TikTok as an under eye brightener… ever since testing it out, I can not put it down. This one has completely stolen my love for the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. It’s super brightening and gives a soft focus look to the under eyes. 10/10 spoonie approved.
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic Swish and Pop Blusher ($40 for 0.28 oz / 8 g on the Beautylish website, also available at Sephora) in the shade Ecstasy (warm coral outer and golden peach inner) is billed as designed by Charlotte Tilbury to mimic the healthy, youthful flush that lights up your face when you’re in love. With its simple two-step application ritual, this blush makes ultra-flattering cheek color easy for anyone to achieve.
I give this blush a solid O : It’s a pretty blush with a sweet flush finish but it’s nothing spectacular that would leave me feeling ok with repurchasing it… I mean it’s a $40 blush… that reminds me of the ELF bit sized blush in Guava, almost the same finish and it’s a spot on shade match… and that is only $4. I’m glad I tried it out… It’s pretty and all but I am in no hurry to purchase other shades either.
I give this setting power a solid A+++!!! I like the finish of this powder, it truly does set the face down nicely… it’s a great shade and under tone and it really does look pretty, the only reason I don’t grade it higher is it doesn’t keep the makeup set all day… I found that I needed to touch up about 4 hours in. I have other setting powders at a lower price point that set and keep the face set all day.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($7.49 for 0.23 fl oz / 6.8 ml of product at Ulta, I got it on sale for $6.37) in the shade #10 Fair is billed as conceals redness, flaws, and blemishes to achieve a more flawless skin complexion. Breathable, oil-free and won’t clog pores with a natural looking coverage that instantly eliminates dark circles and imperfections.
I give this concealer a solid O++ I’ve used this concealer in the past and remember loving it so I picked it up again to test it out and I really do enjoy it. It didn’t oxidize and it didn’t crack or crease… the only reason that I didn’t grade it higher is the undertones of this concealer tend to pull a bit yellow… you can’t tell from the swatch picture but in real life it pulls a bit yellow.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer ($9.99 for 0.2 fl oz / 5.91ml of product at Ulta, I purchased it on sale for $8.49) in the shade #160 Brightener is billed as America’s #1 concealer* and does it all in just a click – it conceals dark circles, correct blemishes, and contours.
I give this color corrector a solid B- It’s brightening but it’s too thin to look brightening on the under eyes… it did a great job of highlighting the forehead and chin, but I needed a second layer on the under eyes to brighten it and I don’t have super dark under eyes… It’s not terrible but it’s not amazing either.
Well we’ve come to the end of this walkthrough… I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in great spirits and health.
Remember… Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick….